CBC/Radio-Canada’s licence renewal process officially underway

September 5, 2012, Ottawa

Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) re-launched the public process for the renewal of CBC/Radio-Canada’s broadcasting licences, a process that was underway last summer but postponed on July 8, 2011.

In the Corporation's updated application, the national public broadcaster is asking the CRTC for two things. Both are critical to preserving the key elements of the Corporation’s 2015 Strategy:

  1. A modern regulatory framework that will enable the public broadcaster to implement its strategy across all platforms and allow it to evolve with its audiences, with technology and with its changing environment;
  2. Opportunity to generate new revenue to meet the significant financial challenges presented by the Corporation’s current operating environment.

“Strategy 2015: Everyone, Every way sets out our vision for the future of the national public broadcaster. While a reduction to the Corporation’s budget and the recent elimination of the LPIF pose major challenges, our direction and our priorities remain unchanged. Now we need a regulatory framework that will allow us to continue moving forward,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. “It’s been 13 years since our licences were renewed. This is an important process and we look forward to working with the Commission on exploring ways to meet our challenges.”

The CRTC is consulting Canadians on CBC/Radio-Canada’s application. The deadline for comments is October 5, 2012. The Corporation is inviting Canadians to get involved in the process by writing the CRTC to express their support for the public broadcaster and its application.

» For more details on the Corporation’s application and the process for getting involved, please visit http://cbc.radio-canada.ca/renewal

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

For additional information, please contact:
  • Angus McKinnon
    Director, Communications Services and Corporate Spokesperson
    tel. 613-288-6235
    cel. 613-296-1057
    angus.mckinnon@cbc.ca

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